Ag News

Ken Olson is Outreach Coordinator for the Johne’s Disease Integrated Program which has joined with other interested parties to form the Mycobacterial Diseases of Animals Multi-State Initiative.  They have expanded their work to not only Johne’s disease but Bovine Tuberculosis as well.  Olson says they have developed a process for farmers to determine the risk of the diseases occurring on their farm. Olson talks about the assessment: http://cdn.brownfieldagnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/635thu-Olson-2.mp3 The post Assess your Johne’s risk appeared first on http://brownfieldagnews.com.      
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Nominations are being accepted for the Beck’s Beyond the Fence Awards.  The award program honors individuals for their outstanding service and contributions to Indiana agriculture.  For the fourth year, the awards are sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids of Atlanta, Ind. in conjunction with the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Growers Association. Scott Beck, vice-president of Beck’s Hybrids says sharing agriculture’s story has become increasingly important.  “Without the support of Hoosiers who are invested in the success of agriculture, Indiana would not be where it is today,” he says. Nominations are being sought for the following categories: The Beck’s Friend...
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The deadline for a $30,000 VFW scholarship is fast approaching. The Voice of Democracy audio-essay scholarship is available to high school students. Home school or home study students are also eligible. The first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship. Other national winners receive $1,000-$16,000. First-place winners from each state are also flown to Washington D.C., courtesy of the state VFW Department. To apply, applicants must write an essay and record it to a CD. This year’s essay topic is Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future. The CD, a copy of the essay and application form are due...
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Cash cheese prices increased on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday. Barrels increased 3.5 cents and blocks added 4.5 cents expanding the barrel-to-block spread to 30 cents.  Cash butter lost 4.25 cents slipping below $2 to $1.99.  Class III futures were a little lower except for November which gained a nickel.   National Dairy Products Sales Report for the week ending October 18: cash cheese blocks averaged $2.26 per pound down 7.9 cents from the previous week.  Barrels fell 11.5 cents to $2.21, butter dropped 18.5 cents to average $2.74 per pound.  Nonfat dry milk increased 1.9 cents to $1.51...
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Ag News - Rural Issues

Following the release of USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on Friday, September 26th, the National Pork Board hosted a tele-conference for the ag media featuring three ag economists and their reactions to the report. The panel included Dr. Ron Plain, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri; Daniel Bluntzer, Director of...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.  The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising given...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill is encouraging farmers to submit comments on the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Hill says the EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Water Act would give the federal government jurisdiction over essentially all farmland in the state of Iowa. AUDIO: Craig Hill (5:47 MP3) Link to Iowa Farm...Read the full story... »     
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At the Iowa Pork Congress on Wednesday, attendees received an update on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). One of the presenters was Dr. Rodney “Butch” Baker with the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.   In this interview with Brownfield, Dr. Baker says there are signs that the spread of virus may be slowing down....Read the full story... »     
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